John-Michael Liles
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 5' 10"
BIRTHDATE: 11/25/1980
AGE: 35
BIRTHPLACE: Indianapolis, IN, USA
DRAFTED: COL: 2000-159 overall
CCHA Second All-Star Team (2001) CCHA First All-Star Team (2002, 2003) NCAA West Second All-American Team (2002) NCAA West First All-American Team (2003) NHL All-Rookie Team (2004) Signed as a free agent by Iserlohn (Germany), December 29, 2004. Traded to Toronto by Colorado for Boston's 2nd round choice (previously acquired, later traded to Washington, later traded to Dallas Dallas selected Mike Winther) in 2012 Entry Draft, June 24, 2011. Traded to Carolina by Toronto with Dennis Robertson for Tim Gleason, January 1, 2014.
John-Michael and his wife, Erin, spend their summers in Denver and welcomed their first child, a daughter named Ava Holladay Liles, in 2015… They also have a dog named Manning… His nicknames are Johnny or Jim… He sponsors the Canes’ ”True Defenders“ program along with Justin Faulk and James Wisniewski, hosting military members and their families at games throughout the season… John-Michael started playing hockey at age 6 and his first youth team was the Indy Whalers… The biggest influences on his career are his parents and his former coach, Rob Kirsch… His favorite team growing up was the New York Rangers and favorite player was Brian Leetch… His Twitter handle is @hoosierjm26… John-Michael enjoys country music and his favorite vacation spot is Hawaii… His favorite holiday is Thanksgiving… His favorite book is The Frontiersman, favorite TV show is Justified, favorite films are the Bourne movies and favorite actresses are Julie Bowen and Kate Beckinsale… His first job was mowing lawns… His favorite sport outside of hockey is golf, favorite athletes outside of hockey are Peyton Manning and Graham DeLaet and favorite non-hockey teams are the Denver Broncos and the St. Louis Cardinals… The celebrity he’d most like to meet is Matt Damon… His favorite road city is Vancouver, favorite road arena is Madison Square Garden and favorite team to play against is Chicago… John-Michael’s favorite former teammates are Paul Stastny and Carl Gunnarsson… His most memorable hockey moments were his first NHL game and the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino.

2014-15 Season
Completed his 11th NHL season and second with the Hurricanes… Ranked second among Carolina defensemen with 20 assists and 22 points… Ranked third among Hurricanes’ defensemen in power-play time on ice per game (1:55)… Blocked 74 shots in just 57 games, ranking fifth on the club… Recorded his first multi-point game of the season with two assists at DAL (11/18)… Earned assists in consecutive games 12/2-12/4 (0g, 2a)… Placed on injured reserve from 12/27-1/8 due to illness… Recorded an assist and was (+1) in a season-high 25:50 of ice time at ARI (2/5)… Skated in his 700th NHL games vs. WSH (2/27)… Scored his second goal of the season at CHI (3/2)… Earned two assists at BUF (4/6)… Was a healthy extra for: 15 games… Games missed due to injury: 11 (Upper-body: 10/16-10/21, 12/16-12/20; Illness: 10/24, 12/29-1/6)… Longest assist streak: 3 games (3/17-3/23: 0g, 3a)… Longest point streak: 3 games (3/17-3/23: 0g, 3a)… Multi-assist games: 2 (11/18 at DAL: 0g, 2a; 4/6 at BUF: 0g, 2a)… Multi-point games: 2 (11/18 at DAL: 0g, 2a; 4/6 at BUF: 0g, 2a).


Is in his 12th NHL season and third with the Hurricanes… Acquired on 1/1/14 along with Dennis Robertson in exchange for Tim Gleason… Is in the final year of a four-year contract… Is a product of the United States National Team Development Program (USNTDP) and has represented the U.S. in a number of international competitions, including the Olympics… Made his U.S. national team debut at the U-17 World Junior Championships in 1997-98… Selected to the 2000 U.S. World Junior team but suffered a shoulder injury in the final minute of the last exhibition game and was unable to participate… Played for Team USA at the 2005 IIHF World Championship… Was a late addition to the U.S. roster at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, replacing an injured Hal Gill… Appeared in all six games for the United States at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy, notching a pair of assists… Led Team USA in scoring with nine points (1g, 8a) in nine games at the 2009 IIHF World Championship in Switzerland… Only Canada’s Shea Weber (12) had more points among tournament defensemen.

Played 40 games during his freshman season at Michigan State, totaling 28 points (8g, 20a).

Named to the CCHA second all-star team after tallying 25 points (7g, 18a) in 42 games as a sophomore with the Spartans.

Earned second-team All-American honors after scoring 13 goals and adding 22 assists (35 points) in 41 games for Michigan State… Also selected to the CCHA’s first all-star team and named the winner of the conference’s Best Offensive Defenseman award.

Was a finalist for the Hobey Baker award as the nation’s top college hockey player and a first-team All-American after leading the Spartans with 50 points (16g, 34a) in 39 games… Also selected as the CCHA’s Best Offensive Defenseman and named a CCHA first all-star team for the second consecutive season… Concluded his collegiate career as the top goal-scoring defenseman in Michigan State history (44)… Joined Hershey (AHL) at the end of his college season and earned one assist in five games played.

Named to the NHL’s All- Rookie Team after leading all NHL rookie defensemen with 34 points, the most by a rookie defenseman since Lubomir Visnovsky had 39 with the Kings in 2000-01… It was the second-best point total by a first-year defenseman in Avalanche franchise history, trailing only Bruce Bell’s 37 with the Nordiques in 1984-85… Liles’ 10 goals were the most by a rookie defenseman in franchise history and also led all NHL rookie blueliners… Made his NHL debut vs. CHI (10/10)… Scored the game-winning goal for his first NHL point at MIN (10/16)… Left the game vs. CHI (3/23) with a bruised knee and missed three games…Made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut, skating in all 11 postseason games for Colorado… Recorded his first career playoff assist/point in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals vs. DAL.

Played 17 games for Iserlohn in the German league, totaling 11 points (5g, 6a) with 24 penalty minutes.

Established his career high in goals (14) and points (49), appearing in all 82 games for the Avalanche… Was second among Colorado defensemen in points and tied Rob Blake for first in goals (14)… Set an Avalanche record for most points by a defenseman in the month of October with 14… Recorded three consecutive multiple-point games from 10/10-10/14… Established single-game career highs with two goals and three points at EDM (10/21)… Played in his 100th NHL game vs. CGY (11/21)… Had a six-game point streak from 1/14-1/26… Collected points in each of his first three games during the Stanley Cup playoffs… Scored his first career playoff goal in Game 1 at DAL (4/22)… Assisted on Joe Sakic’s OT winner in Game 2 at DAL (4/24).

Led Avalanche defensemen in goals (14), assists (30) and points (44)… Became the first NHL defenseman to score 10 or more goals in each of his first three seasons since Steve Duchesne (1986-87 to 1988-89)… Matched his career high with two goals at TOR (10/18)… Set a career high with three assists vs. MIN (10/29)… Suffered a broken left foot at MIN (1/6), forcing him to miss 11 games.

Led Avalanche defensemen in scoring with 32 points (6g,26a)… Notched 20 of his 32 points on the power play, ranking behind only Paul Stastny (21) for the team lead… Notched two assists, including his 100th career helper, at LA (12/17)… Was tied for first among Colorado defensemen with five points (2g, 3a) in 10 Stanley Cup playoff games.

Led Colorado defensemen in goals (12), assists (27) and points (39)… Was first on the team in power-play points (21)… Notched three consecutive multi-point games, Dec. 23-29, matching the Avalanche record for a defenseman… Scored a goal in each of those three games, the longest goal streak of his NHL career… Led the team with nine points (4g, 5a) in March… Scored his first career overtime goal and added two assists at EDM (3/14)… Logged more than 30 minutes (30:35) for the first time in his career at SJ (4/7).

Led Avalanche defensemen in scoring for the fourth consecutive year with 31 points (6g, 25a) in 59 games… Ranked first on the team in power-play assists (17) and third in power-play points (20)… Had a goal and an assist vs. SJ (10/1), giving him 200 points for his NHL career… Appeared in his 400th NHL game vs. PHI (11/23)… Appeared in all six of Colorado’s playoff games, earning a goal and an assist.

2010-11: Led all Colorado skaters and established his career high with 40 assists in 76 games… Also led the team in blocked shots (153) and was first among team defensemen in scoring for the fifth consecutive season… Opened the season with assists in each of first nine games, setting an NHL record for the longest assist streak by a defenseman to start a season… Was the first NHL defenseman to record points in each of his team’s first nine games since Doug Wilson (1981-82)… Named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for the period ending 11/21 after earning seven points (2g, 5a) in four games…. Played his 500th career NHL game at PHX (2/7)… Collected his 200th NHL assist vs. EDM (2/23).

Totaled 27 points (7g, 20a) in 66 games with Toronto… Netted his first Maple Leafs goal at CBJ (11/3)… Earned his 300th career NHL point (goal) at TB (3/15).

Had 11 points (2g, 9a) in 32 games for the Maple Leafs… Played his 600th NHL game at WPG (2/7)… Appeared in four of Toronto’s seven playoff games.

Split the season between Carolina and Toronto, totaling two goals and seven assists in 41 games… Led the Hurricanes with a (+7) rating in 35 games… Also played 16 games on the AHL level with the Toronto Marlies, totaling 13 points (3g, 10a)… Made his Hurricanes debut at WSH (1/2)… Scored his first Hurricanes goal vs. TOR (1/9).